Sweden 2-3 England

Sweden stars in disbelief

Two games in which they led now see Sweden out

ESPN staff

Sweden are licking their wounds after their early exit from Euro 2012, but coach Erik Hamren and the players are unsure how they got into this position.

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They will take on France unable to qualify for the knockout rounds still without a point and nursing a massive sense of injustice.

“I am really disappointed,'' said Hamren. “We've played two really good halves, one okay and one bad and ended up with no points. I'm proud of my players. But we have a saying, the operation was really good, but the patient died. That's how I feel today.''

A 2-1 defeat to Ukraine, after being a goal up, was followed up by another reversal as they were 2-1 up before losing 3-2 to England and the players are unhappy with how things have turned out.

Midfielder Sebastian Larsson added: “We did not play a good first match even if we should have taken points. Today it feels like we were the best team, but it isn't always the best team that wins. It is about taking points, and we didn't do that.

“It doesn't really matter now we are out of the tournament, but it is clear that we played much better today. We were definitely better than England, but they are leaving with the points, so what can you say?

“Their equaliser [to make it 2-2] happens once in a thousand. It was a [poor] shot that he took, that I should have covered, and it hit me and deflected past the goalkeeper. The last goal, it's one against four, like with Ukraine, so it is things like that that decide the outcome. We have not done well enough.”

Star striker Ibrahimovic said: “I think we were the better team today, I really do. We had to come from behind, but scored and made it 2-1, and then they scored two more, and that was such bad luck for us. We played better, we were better. In both the games we have played, we were in the lead, but after 60 minutes, we lost it all.

“Today, we should be proud of ourselves because we played a good game. We played the opposite way to the first one – we showed more courage and were much better in dead-ball situations. We played just the way we wanted to play, but they scored three goals and we only scored two.

“Why did we lose both games? I don't know. That is something we need to analyse and see what we need to do better, or in a different way.”


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